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Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical "The Russian Messenger." Tolstoy clashed with its editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment (Tolstoy's unpopular views of volunteers going to Serbia); therefore, the novel's first complete appearance was in b ...more
Kindle Edition, 1901 translation, 940 pages
Published June 2nd 2012 by e-artnow (first published 1877)
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Joanna Lloyd The best rendition I've ever seen is the 2000 series by (I think) channel 4 with Helen McCrory as Anna, Douglas Henshall as Levin and Mark Strong as…moreThe best rendition I've ever seen is the 2000 series by (I think) channel 4 with Helen McCrory as Anna, Douglas Henshall as Levin and Mark Strong as Oblonsky. Really good casting especially McCrory. I first read the book in my mid teens and every 3 or 4 years since and this series respects all the relationships in the book. Not a cheap dvd although every couple of years, Yesterday channel repeats the series. Hope you enjoy it. (less)
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Nataliya
May 02, 2010 Nataliya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: The annoying movie ad on Goodreads - the blinking and flashing and seizure-inducing one
As a daughter of a Russian literature teacher, it seems I have always known the story of Anna Karenina: the love, the affair, the train - the whole shebang. I must have ingested the knowledge with my mother's milk, as Russians would say.

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My grandpa had an old print of a painting hanging in his garage. A young beautiful mysterious woman sitting in a carriage in wintry Moscow and looking at the viewer through her heavy-lidded eyes with a stare that combines allure and deep sadness. "Who
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Terry
Apr 27, 2008 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: Rich Moran
In the beginning, reading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time. You’ve heard a lot about the place before you go. Much of what you see from the bus you recognize from pictures and movies and books. You can’t help but think of the great writers and artists who have been here before you. You expect to like it. You want to like it. But you don’t want to feel like you have to like it. You worry a little that you won’t. But after a few days, you settle in, and you fee ...more
Brad
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Christopher
In lieu of a proper review of my favorite book, and in addition to the remark that it would be more aptly named Konstantin Levin, I present to you the characters of Anna Karenina in a series of portraits painted by dead white men.


Anna Karenina (Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent)



Alexei Karenin (Portrait of Edouard Manet by Henri Fantin-Latour)



Alexei Vronsky (Study of a Young Man by John Singer Sargent)



Konstantin Levin (Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife by John Singer Sargent



Kitty Sch
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Sammy
May 29, 2007 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-the-bad
People are going to have to remember that this is the part of the review that is entirely of my own opinion and what I thought of the book, because what follows isn't entirely positive, but I hope it doesn't throw you off the book entirely and you still give it a chance. Now... my thoughts:

I picked up this book upon the advice of Oprah (and her book club) and my friend Kit. They owe me hardcore now. As does Mr. Tolstoy. This book was an extremely long read, not because of it's size and length ne
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Michelle
Jan 09, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Everyone has their crazy reasons for reading a book. I was never really planning to read "Anna Karenina" in my lifetime at all. Alas, I saw a trailer of the 2012 film recently and it was breath taking! Something about Keira Knightley is art. Something I cannot pinpoint as a mere mortal, but she always has the knack to make me believe that characters could live and breathe beyond the books. So why didn't I watch the full movie? For the stupid reason that I can't sit still just being a passive aud ...more
Trevor
Jul 28, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1877
Not since I read The Brothers Karamazov have I felt as directly involved in characters' worlds and minds. Fascinating.
I was hooked on Anna Karenina from the opening section when I realized that Tolstoy was brilliantly portraying characters' thoughts and motivations in all of their contradictory, complex truth. However, Tolstoy's skill is not just in characterization--though he is the master of that art. His prose invokes such passion. There were parts of the book that took my breath because I re
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Brina
Apr 30, 2017 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago I read Anna in the Tropics, a Pulitzer winning drama by Nilo Cruz. Set in 1920s Florida, a lector arrives at a cigar factory to read daily installments of Anna Karenina to the workers there. Although the play takes place in summer, the characters enjoyed their journey to Russia as they were captivated by the story. Even though it is approaching summer where I live as well, I decided to embark on my own journey through Leo Tolstoy's classic nineteenth century classic novel. Altho ...more
Brett
Apr 28, 2008 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Alright, I'm going to do my best not to put any spoilers out here, but it will be kind of tough with this book. I should probably start by saying that this book was possibly the best thing I have ever read.

It was my first Tolstoy to read, and the defining thing that separated what he wrote from anything else that I've read is his characters. His characters are unbelievably complex. The edition of this book that I read was over 900 pages, so he has some time to do it. His characters aren't static
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Nayra.Hassan
Oct 14, 2015 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
ساجعلكم تتعاطفون مع أسوأ نموذج بشري
بل ستبكون💧من أجلها ايضا..هتف تولستوى

لتولد رواية أشبه بالدولاب المزدحم المكدس بالاغراض . ..ما ان تفتحه فجأة حتى تقفز شخصيات كثيرة و غنية في وجهك ..بجانب الثلاثي الشهير انا و أليكسي و اليكسي ..يوجد اربع أبطال اخرين ..الفصول تبدا بالخيانة و لكنها خيانة رجل!!ثم تلطمك الاحداث الحافلة بالنقد الاجتماعي و السياسي..و الاستطرادات الذكية

تحدى تولستوى أصدقاؤه عندما سالهم عن البطلة الأسوأ و الاقل تعاطفا..فاكدوا انها المرأة الخائنة بالطبع..فبدأ ملحمته الكبرى الثانية. .التي ح
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Kelly
So, I have this ongoing etiquette problem. Though sometimes I think it is a matter of respect. Or maybe social awkwardness. I’d consult my Emily Post on the issue, but it’s a unique bookworm sort of problem. I don’t think Ms. Post got that deeply into the protocol of neurotic bibliophiles.

Anyway, the question is.. why do I unconsciously call an author by their first name sometimes? In some respects, I’ve had this conversation before in the context of gender. That is, are discussants more likely
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Florencia
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There is a well-known belief that, brimming with the romanticism of bygone days to which reason acquiesces in silence, attempts to explain the elusive nature of human relations. According to this myth, the gods get involved in our existence by using a red cord. In Japanese culture, such cord is tied around the little finger; in China, around the ankle. Be it as it may, that string binds one person to the other; people who were always destined to meet, regar
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Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is a book that I was actually dreading reading for quite some time. It was on a list of books that I'd been working my way through and, after seeing the size of it and the fact that 'War And Peace' was voted #1 book to avoid reading, I was reluctant to ever get started. But am I glad that I did.
This is a surprisingly fast-moving, interesting and easy to read novel. The last of which I'd of never believed could be true before reading it, but you find yourself instantly engrossed in this kind
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 20, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die; Top 10 Books by Living Writers; Newsweek's Metalist 100; Oprah Book of the Month
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Dia
Apr 15, 2008 Dia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What turned out to be the most interesting to me as I devoured this lush book was Tolstoy's amazing ability to show how we change our minds, or how our minds just do change -- how enamored we become of a person, a place, a whole population, an idea, an ideal -- and then how that great love, which seemed so utterly meaningful and complete, sours or evaporates just days, hours, or even minutes later -- in short, how truly fickle we are. And at the same time, each of the characters was in some way ...more
Jenn(ifer)
Read the end of Anna Karenina and listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUmdR...

It’ll break your heart.

When I first completed this book, I sat down at my computer and attempted to review it, and all I could come up with was,

“F*ck you, Tolstoy!!”

I know that sounds juvenile, but I still have that feeling. I’m so ANGRY with him for what he did to Anna. I’m so angry that we were barely given a chance to know her. (Yes, I'm aware that she's a fictional character who never actually ex
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Shine Sebastian
GREAT, in the highest sense of the word.
Characters as deep and alive as the ocean, themes as diverse and as innumerable as grains of sand, a writing as powerful as a thunderstorm, as beautiful as a serene dawn, and as incomprehensible at times and yet all the more fascinating as this mysterious and neverending universe itself, and we have, in my opinion, the greatest work on life, freedom, faith, fate, love, suffering, and the human HEART ... - Anna Karenina!
W Perry
Passing Through the Human Passions
"...Let him first cast a stone at her"



I read this Tolstoy masterpiece for the first time five years ago, coming to it with a cynicism formed by my mistaken impression that it was simply about Anna Karenina's terminal adulterous affair and her despicable selfishness toward her son. I thought the novel would, no doubt, effectively demonstrate the tragic consequences of self-centeredness and the absence of a moral compass. Beyond that, I was a cynic.

My skepticism w
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Roy Lotz
Anna Karenina,” my friend told me, “is one of the few books that have influenced how I live my life from day to day.”

This statement touches on a question I often wonder about: Can reading great fiction make you a better person? I don’t mean to ask whether it can improve your mental agility or your knowledge of the world, for it undoubtedly does. But can these books make you kinder, wiser, more moral, more content? The answer to this question is far from self-evident. And maybe we should be doub
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Roya
May 03, 2015 Roya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
From the Introduction:

'I am writing a novel,' Tolstoy informed his friend the critic Nikolai Strakhov on 11 May 1873, referring to the book that was to become Anna Karenina. 'I've been at it for more than a month now and the main lines are traced out. This novel is truly a novel, the first in my life...'
Earlier this year, I came across a quote so attractive, that I thought whatever book it was from was automatically good. In other words, I had to read it.

"I've always loved you, and when you lo
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Sidharth Vardhan
Look it seems to be the favorite novel among so many great novelists - Nabokov, Faulkner, Kundra, Joyce even Dostoevsky but I happen to be more in agreement with Rebecca West when she says, "And plainly Anna kareinna was written simply to convince Tolstoy that there was nothing in this expensive and troublesome business of adultery"

If you read novels to be at somewhere else (and don't mind that place to be boring) this will work for you. It is a perfect chronicle of its times. The trouble is I h
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Michael Finocchiaro
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina:"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Tolstoy draws us into the tragedy by looking down in disdain at boring, happy families (the Brady family always comes to my mind) and sells his book by deciding that unhappy families provide more variety and thus entertainment, however tragic. From the start, we know that things will end badly, so later when we are introduced to Anna and Vronsky, we are more fascinated by the details on how
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Ahmad Sharabiani
840. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
آنا کارنینا - لئو ن. تولستوی (نیلوفر) ادبیات روسیه
Characters: Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Aleksandrovna Shcherbatskaya, Anna Arkadyevna Karenina, Count Aleksei Kirillovich Vronsky, Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievitch Levin, Prince Stepan "Stiva" Arkadyevitch Oblonsky
عنوان: آنا کارنینا؛ نویسنده: لئو ن. تولستوی؛ مترجم: محمدعلی شیرازی؛ تهران، ساحل، 1348، در 346 ص
عنوان: آنا کارنینا؛ نویسنده: تولستوی؛ مترجم: سروش حبیبی؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1378، در 1024 ص، در 2 جلد، شابک: 96444
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helen the bookowl
I read this book for the first time about 5 years ago and I loved it back then. I picked it up again last week and was very curious to see if it would still be amongst my favourite classics. Now that I have finished it, I can say with confidence that it is!
One of the things that appeals to me the most about this amazing - however huge - classic is the fact that it deals with such a large variety of emotions, and as a reader you feel like you are on a rollercoaster. Love, despair, doubt, jealous
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Maria Espadinha
Jun 16, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amor, Felicidade, Paixão


A Felicidade é um estado de Amor permanente.
Ama-se o sol, o mar, o céu, as nuvens, respirar, caminhar, as flores, o canto dos pássaros...
Ama-se, Ama-se, Ama-se!... Simplesmente Ama-se!
Contudo, não é por geração espontânea que esse estado de amor iluminado acontece.
É sim, um processo gradual.
E é aí que o Amor pelo Outro entra em cena!
Quando se ama desmedidamente alguém, esse amor transborda - extravasa tocando tudo à nossa volta. Transita por osmose para o todo que nos ro
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Arah-Lynda
Apr 20, 2016 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.


At long last I can put another notch in my literary belt. It has been a long time coming. For whatever reason the thought of reading Tolstoy has always intimidated me. Perhaps I was worried that I would not, well in truth, not so much like it really as understand it. Phftttt that was never really an issue and surprise, surprise I enjoyed this story even if I did find parts of it excruciatingly tedious.

At its core Anna Karenina is a love story
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Dolors
Mar 15, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intrepid mind travellers
In front of me a glittering pond of rough oceanic waters protesting in silence in apparent stillness. Only the gentle swaying of casual waves crackling with the briny droplets of condensed breeze preludes the forthcoming storm. For below the surface, swirling undercurrents swell like lungs breathing in air of confusion and exhale the sea-secrets of the human soul.
Things are not what they seem and Anna Karenina is not only the doomed love story of a woman trapped in her own mind whose life is ens
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Kevin Ansbro
"Leo Tolstoy would meet hatred expressed in violence by love expressed in self-suffering."
-Mahatma Gandhi


Through reading this praiseworthy classic, I have been forced to recalibrate my previously unreliable view of this celebrated author.
You see, I was force-fed Tolstoy at college (his writing, not his flesh, silly! Mine wasn't a college for cannibals!) and at the time I only carried War and Peace under one arm so I might appear cleverer than I actually was.
So, how amazed was I that Anna K has
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Ahmed
Sep 07, 2013 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ريفيو فى ذكرى تولستوى :

فى ذكرى تولستوي : لابد لى أن اعترف أنى لم أنبهر برائعته (الحرب والسلام ) بقدر انبهاري ب(آنا كارنينا)

ولمن لم يقرأ آنا كارنينا , فله أن يشاهد (نهر الحب) للعظيمة فاتن حمامة , ففى هذه الحاله سيكوّن فكرة سطحية جداً عن الروايه. ورغم عظمة الفيلم (حقيقة) وإبداع الفاتنة فاتن والعملاق : ذكى رستم , إلا أنهم أجرموا بحق الرواية عندما قدموها بشكل سطحى (والذنب الأكبر يقع على عاتق المخرج والسيناريست عز الدين ذو الفقار) . المهم انه رغم عظمة الفيلم فقد ظلم الرواية فما بالك بعظمة الروايه نفس
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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